Helicopters worked the Cruces Fire as soon as it was reported on July 18, 2018.

By 6 a.m. on Thursday, County Fire was reporting the Cruces Fire to be at 80 acres and 40 percent contained. The fire broke out a few miles up State Route 1 from the Highway 101 interchange (or Lompoc exit) at 11:56 a.m. on Wednesday. As visibility increased this morning, the acreage estimate dropped from 150 to 80 acres.

Four air tankers and two helicopters were dropping retardant and water on the fire soon after multiple fire crews were on scene. The firefighters appear to have the fire under control and are starting to mop up, or put out spot fires and smoldering roots and trees.

[Update: July 23, 2018, 3:20 p.m.] County Fire has determined the cause of the Cruces Fire to have been an automobile headed north on State Route 1. The fire was declared fully contained on July 22 at 77 acres total.


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